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September 27, 2018:
Eli Dickerson
, Ecologist, Fernbank Museum and Forest"Fernbank Museum and Forest”

Considered to be Atlanta’s last stand of virgin Georgia Piedmont Forest, Fernbank Forest is a 65 acre plot that has an interesting past. It was purchased in 1939 from Col. Z.D. Harrison by a group of concerned citizens who organized the original Fernbank Inc. which today operates the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. The forest was leased to the DeKalb County School Board and open to the public until 2012 when the lease was not renewed. Fernbank Museum determined that the forest was in need of reclamation from many types of invasive plants and after four years of intensive work to remove and restore, it was reopened in September 2016. Plant curator Eli Dickerson will share the process of invasive plant removal and the long road to the current revitalized green space that hosts so many native trees, shrubs and wildflowers and is a treasure for our community.


February 28, 2019:
Life Member Recognition Luncheon

“Honor Our Life Members”
At this annual event, individuals and clubs are recognized for their contributions with a Life Membership in DeKalb Federation, culminating with the announcement of the DeKalb Federation Life Member of the Year.

March 22, 2019:
Sandy Krueger, Executive Director, Olmsted Linear Park Alliance

"Olmsted’s Legacy for our City’s Green Space"Often called “The String of Pearls,” the six linear parks along Ponce de Leon Avenue were designed in 1890 by Fredrick Law Olmsted, nationally recognized landscape architect. Completed in 1908, they were enjoyed for many generations until the general decline of the aging plantings and the grounds.  In 1995, a group of citizens formed a council to begin to restore the parks.  By 1997, OLPA was created to tackle the job head-on.  Today all six parks have been fully restored with over 2600 new trees and shrubs adding to the historic beauty.  Sandy will share the history and the hard work that was required to revitalize a very unique part of DeKalb County and Atlanta history.  Emeritus President of OLPA and Smoke Rise Morning Glories Garden Club member, Tally Sweat, will add her unique perspective of the evolution of the parks. 

Installation of the 2019-2021 Federation officers will follow the program.

October 25, 2018
Sara Henderson, Director of Gardens, Oakland Cemetery

"Restoring Heritage Gardens, Lessons Learned from Oakland Cemetery’s Restoration"
Heirloom plants are the backbone of restoring gardens such as Oakland Cemetery, but they have also proven themselves worthy of a place in all gardens. Their grace and fragrance are reminiscent of years past, but they are uniquely suited to today’s gardens.  They can thrive, usually chemical-free with low input from gardeners, are less demanding and usually quite drought tolerant. Sara will share the history of Oakland and how the restoration of the grounds has evolved over the years with the help of many volunteers and great planning.

Novemberr 8, 2018: Leading Lights



January 24, 2019:
Ken Duke, Landscape Designer, Master Iris Judge

"The Queen of the Garden and the Rest of the Court of Iris"
Iris is a wide-ranging genus with more than 200 species, and is found on every continent except for Antarctica.  Within our area, there are many varieties that can extend the bloom season far beyond the usual two weeks in April and May for the famous Tall Bearded Iris that are often called “The Queen of the Garden”. Ken will share details on how to grow them successfully and introduce us to some of the iris that might be unknown to growers. Iris is drought tolerant, often deer resistant and is a wonderful cut flower for arrangements with vivid colorations in every hue.

April 25, 2019:  
"And the Winner Is ...!" Annual Awards Luncheon. Our clubs and members will be recognized for their outstanding work during the past year, followed by a catered lunch.

May 24, 2019:  
Linda Tillman, President, Georgia Beekeepers Association

."Meet the Bee Buzzing in your Garden"Honey bees collect nectar and pollen to support the bees in the hive. In the process, bees pollinate many of the fruits, flowers and vegetables that we grow.  Master Beekeeper Linda will show us how the bee functions in the hive as well as in the garden. She will share the many jobs that the bees perform in the hive, the secrets of the sex lives of the bees and other interesting facts. She will also show us how beekeepers work and what to do if a colony decides to move into your home!  Check out her blog at www.beekeeperlinda.com

 “Presidents Recognition Ceremony”
Following the program, current Club Presidents, as well as former Federation Presidents, will be recognized for their service.


The DeKalb County Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.


Joy Zaiden, Coordinator

Blue Star Markers:
Our goal is to install a new Blue Star Marker in our DeKalb Community.  DeKalb Federation will apply for a matching Garden Club of Georgia grant to help defray the cost.

Blue Star Marker Restoration:
Sandy Suggs, Chairman
DeKalb Federation will restore the Blue Star Marker located at the I-85 Georgia Welcome Center in Lavonia, GA. This Marker was originally installed in 1974 by the Lake Ivanhoe Garden Club and moved in 2007 to this location. The cost for this restoration will be $750: Lake Ivanhoe has pledged $100, DeKalb Federation will apply for a matching Garden Club of Georgia grant in the amount of $375, and the remaining $275 will come from the DeKalb Federation budget.

Celebrating Us!:
Glendolyn Hallman and Rigby Duncan, Co-Chairman
In 2018, DeKalb Federation will celebrate our 70th anniversary with a reception held in the spring.  Confirming date and complete details will be announced at the January 2018 General Meeting.  Federation Former Presidents, as well as State and District Board members, and local dignitaries will be among the invited guests.


Healing Heroes:
Joan Bennett, Chairman
Therapeutic Gardening with Veterans receiving treatment at the Veterans Administration Northlake Clinical Annex, 2296 Henderson Mill Road NE, Tucker, GA 30084.  This will be a hands-on gardening addition to the “Recovery Through Creative Expressions” class the Veterans are attending.  This project involves planting 12 wooden planters located in a shady area outside the Annex.  The veterans will do the actual planting. DeKalb Federation members will be on site to provide gardening expertise, tools, plants and supplies.  This is a two-phase project, with phase 1 being the summer seasonal planting of four raised wooden planters flanking two wooden benches donated and installed by Home Depot.  Phase 2 will include planting the other eight planters in September with more permanent evergreen plantings.  This is a Garden Therapy project.

Holidays for Heroes:
Carol Hayes, Chairman
Member clubs will be encouraged to send holiday cards to active military personnel overseas by partnering with Dobbins Air Force Reserve Base, who will deliver the holiday greetings. Do not sign your name on the cards. A garden club could be listed or simply a greeting thanking the vet for their service. Holidays 4 Heroes Cards will be collected at the September meeting and taken to Dobbins Air Force Base for overseas distribution. Start signing your holiday cards this summer. We want lots of cards!

Patriotic Education Exhibits:
Clubs are encouraged to create and share exhibits in public places such as the DeKalb Federation meetings, libraries, or other available opportunities.

Plant Patriotic:
Members are encouraged to use red, white and blue plantings in beds or containers at their homes, subdivision entrances, Blue Star Markers, or any other public place.  Red, white and blue plants may be taken to the VA Hospital, assisted living facilities, fire stations or nursing homes.  Plant patriotic-named plants (Roses such as Veterans Honor, Peace, Heroes, Memorial Day, Welcome Home or Grateful Heart).  Please take a photo and submit it to Joy Zaidan.  We need documentation for our awards application.

Patriotic Tributes: (to Police and Law Enforcement)
Susan Turner, Chairman
Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Memorial - Every year in May, The DeKalb County Police Department conducts a special program honoring its fallen officers, and the garden clubs of the Federation will be invited to provide a wreath to place on their memorial.  Following the ceremony, the wreath will be taken to Washington, DC by public safety personnel, and placed on the National Memorial to Police Officers. Clubs are also encouraged to decorate mailboxes and hang/display patriotic wreaths on Patriotic holidays.


(with a Patriotic Theme)

Leading Lights Luncheon Fundraiser
Rigby Duncan, Chairman
First begun in 2003, this, our major fundraiser, is usually held on the third Thursday in November at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.  Guests enjoy a catered lunch, fashion show, a raffle of gift baskets donated by our members, and other items donated by local businesses, door prizes, and can get a head start on their holiday shopping by visiting our many vendor booths. Recognizing Homegrown Heroes who served out country while raising funds to support our projects. This year’s Leading Lights event is November 10, 2017, again a patriotic theme.  Support this fundraiser with your time, talents and presence by calling Rigby Duncan.

Patriotic Themed Mini Flower Shows
Sandra Wheeler, Chairman
This has been a continuing project since 1949. At our General Meetings (three times a year) one of our member clubs displays a floral design and horticulture, which is critiqued and scored by a Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judge and/or a student judge. Themes for 2017-2019 are:

    September No Show This Month
    October 26, 2017 "Homegrown Heroes"
    January 25, 2018 "Fireworks"
    March 22, 2018 "And the Rockets Red Glare"
    October 25, 2018 "Anchors Aweigh"
    January 24, 2019 "America the Beautiful"
    March 28, 2019 "Grateful Hearts"
    February No Show This Month

Never Forget 09/11/2001
Susan Turner, Chairman
On September 11 of each year, DeKalb Federation participates in the Memorial Service for 9/11 first responders by providing, and placing, a wreath on the memorial, which is located in front of the DeKalb County Public Safety Complex in Tucker.  Two of our members accompany the Public Safety Honor Guard to the memorial and place the wreath, while Taps is played. 

Valentines for Veterans
Joanne Bennett, Chairman
Each year, approximately 1000 Valentines are donated by our members for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Decatur.  We will also expand distribution to other locations, such as a VFW Post and the VA Northlake Clinical Annex.

(with a non-Patriotic Theme)

B.E.E. (Beautification and Environmental Education Grant)
Judy Lemoine, Chairman
Applications offering grants in the amount of $500 each are distributed to DeKalb County and City of Decatur public schools through their respective school systems. Completed applications are due by September 1 of each year. After review by the Grant Committee, a letter and check are mailed to the winning schools. The total amount available each year is $1,000, and has been awarded every year beginning 2009 through 2015, and is offered again for 2016 and 2017.

Download the 2015-16 Application Form:
B.E.E Grant form in MS Word
B.E.E. Grant Application.pdf Garden Therapy

Community Service
Joanne Bennett, Chairman
Project Fig Leaf  - Donations of good used and new clothing for men, women and children, as well as toiletries and other personal items are collected by our clubs and delivered to either the Georgia Regional Hospital in Atlanta or the VA Hospital for their residents. Christmas stockings and Easter eggs, decorated by our members, are donated to the hospitals, nursing homes, or other deserving organizations. 

Federation Newsletter
Rigby Duncan, Chairman
Each month (September through May) we publish a newsletter of Federation activities and upcoming events.  Articles are provided by our committee chairmen and our member clubs, and special achievements are spotlighted.  News and events from NGC, GCG, and Redbud District are shared, along with those of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, where we are located.

(with a non-Patriotic Theme)

Garden Center
Diane Hunter, Director
The Garden Center, located on the grounds of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, is our most challenging project – keeping it staffed with volunteers and accessible to our members and the public.  Club members tend the grounds around the Center.  New plants and shrubbery are added as needed.  The Garden Center is available to our clubs for meetings free of charge, and is utilized for Federation Board meetings, workshops, and other gatherings.

Garden Therapy
Joanne Bennett, Chairman
Garden Therapy is now required to be a hands-on type of project where the participants at the hospitals/nursing homes, etc. will be doing the activity.   Garden club members will provide oversite.  Our new Special Project – Healing Heroes – is our Garden Therapy Project. 

Growth Through Membership
Renie Falkenberry, Chairman
Renie Faulkenberry, Chairman We'll be reaching out to grow our Federation membership, both on the individual and club level. On the club level we'll identify clubs that have dropped Federation membership in the past 10 years and make direct appeals to get them to rejoin. We'll also participate in any practical opportunity to put the work of the Federation before the public through newsletters, and working with our partner, Callanwolde, on special events. We're also providing our members with posters to place in public buildings, advertising garden club membership.

(with a non-Patriotic Theme)

Keep DeKalb Beautiful
Barbara Adam, Chairman
This organization is involved with making our community safe, environmentally, by promoting recycling, eliminating illegal signs and overgrown properties, and many other worthwhile projects. Our members contribute by donating money and participating in recycling, cleanup days, etc. The Chairman shares this information with our members at our monthly meetings and through emails

Library Alice Boyd and Sandy Reed, Co-Chairmen
The Library, located downstairs in the Garden Center, is well stocked with books and videos on gardening, design, landscaping, etc., available to club members.  New books are often added through donations and purchases.  The entire collection is now cataloged in an electronic data base.

CONTINUING PROJECTS (with a non-Patriotic Theme)

Pull And Save A Tab For Ronald McDonald
Judy Lemoine, Chairman
We collect pull-tabs from aluminum containers, which will be given to the local Ronald McDonald House near Emory University.  The tabs will be sold to an aluminum recycler and the funds used for projects at the House.  The Chairman weighs each club’s contributions, and recognizes them at our meetings.

Website Barbara Maaskant, Chairman
Established in 2006, DeKalb Federation has developed a comprehensive website which addresses all facets of our organization. Updates are made as needed, usually within a few days. This is a wonderful way to convey items of interest not only to our members, but to the general public as well.

Members of The DeKalb County Federation of Gardens Clubs, Inc., support the following activities through donations of time and talent:

National Garden Clubs, Inc., and Deep South Region Special Projects
The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. and Redbud District Special Projects
Redbud District Flower Show (Yellow Daisy)
Christmas at Callanwolde

For committee members contact information, click here

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